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Crocodile Challenge Cup 2011
13-18 Dec, Hong Kong, $16k+$10k
18-Dec, Finals:
Dipika dashes home hopes but Max retains Crocodile Cup Crown in HK ...

Third-seeded Dipika Pallikal denied the crowd at the Hong Kong Squash Centre the home title they wanted to see as the third-seeded Indian number one overcame HK's Joey Chan, the fourth seed, in a thrilling final of the 7th Crocodile Challenge Cup.

The match went the full distance, with all five games featuring close finishes. Chan, the world number 20 who won the Macau Open before delighting the home crowd in reaching the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open last month, recovered from losing the first 10/12 to take the lead, winning the next two games 11/8, 12/10 and saving match balls in the process.

But it was Pallikal, the world number 17 who became the first Indian to reach the quarter-finals of the World Open two months ago, who finished the stronger, taking the last two games 11/8, 14/12 after exactly an hour's play, to claim her fifth WISPA title and her third of the year.

The crowd were happier shortly afterwards though, as Max Lee retained his men's title with a 8/11, 11/7, 11/2, 11/3 win over Malaysia's Muhd Asyraf Azan in the men's final. For Max, the world number 43 who is the reigning Hong Kong national champion, it marked a fifth PSA tournament victory, but his first since taking the same event last year.

Women's Draw
Men's Draw

Crocodile Cup History

Crocodile Challenge Cup 2011
13-18 Dec, Hong Kong, $16k
Round One
15 Dec
16 Dec
17 Dec
18 Dec
[1] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
11/1, 11/3, 12/10 (19m)
[Q] Pansy Chan (Hkg)
[1] Donna Urquhart
11/3, 11/3, 11/6 (16m)
[Q] Lee Ka-Yi
[1] Donna Urquhart

11/6, 12/10, 11/9 (31m)

[4] Joey Chan

[4] Joey Chan


10/12, 11/8, 10/12, 11/8, 14/12 (60m)


[3] Dipika Pallikal

[6] Kylie Lindsay (Nzl)
9/11, 11/4, 11/9, 11/7 (28m)
[Q] Lee Ka-Yi (Hkg)
[4] Joey Chan (Hkg)
11/2, 11/6, 11/2 (30m)
Sarah Cardwell (Aus)
[4] Joey Chan
11/4, 11/4, 11/5 (19m)
Coline Aumard
[8] Ahn Eun Chan (Kor)
11/3, 11/8, 11/6 (26m)
Coline Aumard (Fra)
[5] Siti Munirah Jusoh (Mas)
11/7, 11/6, 5/11, 8/11, 11/8 (47m)
[Q] Ho Tze-Lok (Hkg)
[5] Siti Munirah Jusoh
11/5, 11/6, 11/1 (21m)
[3] Dipika Pallikal
[3] Dipika Pallikal

11/6, 11/3, 11/6 (29m)

[2] Sarah Kippax

Liu Tsz-Ling (Hkg)
11/7, 11/5, 6/11, 11/3 (35m)
[3] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
[Q] Pushppa Devi (Mas)
11/4, 11/4, 11/7 (25m)
[7] Orla Noom (Ned)
[7] Orla Noom
11/5, 4/11, 12/10, 11/3 (49m)
[2] Sarah Kippax
Carmen Lee (Hkg)
11/6, 11/4, 11/9 (24m)
[2] Sarah Kippax (Eng)

Qualifying, 14-Dec:

Crocodile Challenge Cup 2011
13-18 Dec, Hong Kong, $10k
Round One
15 Dec
16 Dec
17 Dec
18 Dec
[1] Max Lee (Hkg)
11/5, 11/5, 14/12 (22m)
Fred Reid (Can)
[1] Max Lee
11/8, 11/2, 10/12, 11/7 (47m)
[Q] Mahesh Mangoankar
[1] Max Lee

11/0, 11/3, 11/7 (28m)

[4] Dick Lau

[1] Max Lee


8/11, 11/7, 11/2,
11/3 (48m)


[3] Muhd Asyraf Azan

Lucas Serme (Fra)
11/5, 11/4, 11/9
[Q] Mahesh Mangoankar (Ind)
Elvinn Keo (Mas)
6/11, 11/7, 11/8, 11/8 (41m)
Tank Cheuk-Yan (Hkg)
Elvinn Keo
11/9, 11/6, 11/7 (37m)
[4] Dick Lau
Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind)
11/9, 13/11, 13/11 (50m)
[4] Dick Lau (Hkg)
[3] Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
9/11, 11/8, 11/9, 11/9 (42m)
[Q] Ravi Dixit (Ind)
[3] Muhd Asyraf Azan
5/11, 11/6, 11/8, 11/8 (42m)
Bader Al Hussaini
[3] Muhd Asyraf Azan

12/10, 7/11, 9/11, 11/4, 10/6 rtd (101m)

Ivan Yuen

Bader Al Hussaini (Kuw)
11/7, 11/4, 11/8 (17m)
[Q] Choong Kam-Hing (Mas)
Ivan Yuen (Mas)
11/6, 12/10, 6/11 14/12 (80m)
Leo Au (Hkg)
Ivan Yuen
7/11, 11/7, 11/7, 4/11 11/5 (60m)
[2] Matthew Karwalski
[Q] Ammar Al-Tamimi (Kuw)
11/2, 11/3, 11/7 (24m)
[2] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)

14-Dec, Qualifying Round Finals:

17-Dec, Semi-Finals:
Top seeds crash out in Crocodile Cup
as Joey and Max make the finals ...

The semi-finals of the 7th Crocodile Cup Challenge saw upsets in both of the WISPA $16k matches as, to the delight of the home crowd at Hong Kong Squash Centre, local favourite Joey Chan set up a final against India's Dipika Pallikal.

Fourth-seeded Chan, who produced two stunning upsets to reach the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open last month just days after winning the Macau Open, continued her rich vein of form as she took out Australian top seed Donna Urquhart instraight games 11/6, 12/10, 11/9.

Pallikal, another youngster on the rise as indicated by her run to the quarter-finals of the World Open in Rotterdam, also needed just three games as she despatched English second seed Sarah Kippax 11/6, 11/3, 11/6.

There were no such upsets in the PSA $10k men's semi-finals, but drama there was.

Top seed and defending champion Max Lee
beat compatriot Dick Lau, as he had done in last year's final, 11/0, 11/3, 11/7 to guarantee home interest in both finals, where he will meet Malaysia's third seeded Muhd Asyraf Azan.

Azan also faced a compatriot, but after two marathon victories in previous rounds today's match was just too much for Ivan Yuen, who was forced to retire at 10/6 down in the fifth suffering with cramp, after 101 minutes of action (for a total of 240 on-court minutes in three matches!).

Women's Draw
Men's Draw

Crocodile Cup History

16-Dec, Quarter-Finals:
Home finalist guaranteed
in Hong Kong ...

The quarter-finals of the 7th Crocodile Cup Challenge saw three home players progress to the semi-finals at Hong Kong Squash Centre.

In the PSA $10k men's event HK's top seed and defending champion Max Lee overcame Indian qualifier Mahesh Mangoankar in four tough games, and he'll meet compatriot Dick Lau, the fourth seed who beat Elvinn Keo in straight games, in a repeat of last year's final.

The winner's opponent is guaranteed to be a Malaysian, after third seed Muhd Asyraf Azan came from a game down to beat Kuwait's Bader Al Hussaini. For the second day in a row 21-year-old Ivan Yuen contested the longest match of the day, taking out second-seeded Australian Matthew Karwalaki in an hour-long five-game thriller.

In the WISPA $16k women's event the top four seeds all progressed to the semi-finals. Top-seeded Australian Donna Urquhart will meet Hong Kong's own Joey Chan after both progressed in less than 20 minutes, while Dipika Pallikal, the third-seeded Indian, faces England's second-seeded Sarah Kippax, the only one of the four to drop a game as she beat Orla Noom in four.

Women's Draw
Men's Draw

Crocodile Cup History

15-Dec, Round One:
Lee Ka-Yi breaks into
Hong Kong quarters ...

The WISPA $16k Crocodile Challenge Cup main draw got off to a spectacular start at Hong Kong Squash Centre, with two upsets in the top half of the women's draw.

Local qualifier Lee Ka-Yi, who gave world number two Jenny Duncalf a scare in last month's Hong Kong Open, came from a game down to beat Kiwi sixth seed Kylie Lindsay, setting up a quarter-final with top seed Donna Urquhart.

Hong Kong's fourth seeded Joey Chan is safely through after a straight-games win over Sarah Cardwell, and meets France's Coline Aumard, who upset eighth-seeded Korean Ahn Eun Chan in straight games.

In the bottom half of the draw there was no joy for tthe home hopefuls though, as Siti Munirah Jusoh, Dipika Pallikal and Sarah Kippax all beat HK players to progress without too much bother.

Kippax, the second seed, meets Holland's Orla Noom for a place in the semi-finals.

Max and Dick  through too  ...

The $10k PSA men's event started off with more good news for the hosts, as top seed and defending champion Max Lee beat Canadian Fred Reid in straight games, and fourth seed Dick Lau, he 2009 champion, overcame up and coming young Indian Harinderpal Sandhu in three very close games 11/9, 13/11, 13/11.

Lee now faces Indian qualifier Mahesh Mangoankar while Lau meets Malaysian Elvinn Keo as Hong Kong's top two aim to set up a repeat of last year's final.

In the bottom half of the draw second and third seeds Matthew Karwalski and Muhd Asyraf Azan are safely through, along with Malaysian youngster Ivan Yuen, who beat HK's Leo Au in 80 minutes, the longest match of the day, and Kuwait's Bader Al Hussaini.

Women's Draw
Men's Draw

Crocodile Cup History

French corner

Ptit mot de hong kong où je suis avec Lucas. Le tournoi a commencé aujourd'hui pour nous.

Lucas perd contre un Indien assez impressionant ce soir, il manque à Lucas pas grand chose pour remporter le 3eme et à partir de là ça aurait été un tout autre match...

Je gagne 3/0 11/3 11/8 11/6. Je suis vraiment contente car c'est la 1ere fois que je passe un tour dans un 12000$ et deuxieme perf depuis septembre.

Demain je joue Joey Chan tete de serie 4 du tournoi. Je la joue chez elle donc il va falloir que je me lâche complètement pour sortir du court sans regrets !!


14-Dec, Qualifying Finals:
Double Indian success
in men's qualifying

Qualifying for the Men's tournament in the 7th Crocodile Challenge Cup concluded at Hong Kong Squash Centre with double success for Indai as Ravi Dixit and Mahesh Mangoankar progressed to the main PSA $10k draw.

Dixit, who received a first round bye, beat Japan's Tsukue Shinnosuke in straight games and now meets third-seeded Malaysian Muhd Asyraf Azan. Mangoankar took two straight-game wins, beating Hong Kong's Wong Hun-Fung in the finals, and he faces young Frenchman Lucas Serme.

Also through are Malaysia's Choong Kam-Hing and Kuwait's Ammar Al-Tamimi.

In the women's qualifying competition
Malaysia's top seed was joined by three Hong Kong youngsters in the main draw.
Home hopes on Joey and Max
for 7th Crocodile Cup Challenge ...

After the ever-impressive Hong Kong Open last month, Hong Kong Squash Centre plays host to the popular Crocodile Challenge Cup, WISPA and PSA events which give HK's elite and up-and-coming players a chance to earn much needed ranking points and prize money without necessarily facing the world's best - although they didn't do badly in that respect in the 'big one' last month!

Now in its seventh year, the familiar faces of Rebecca Chiu and Annie Au who between them have taken the women's title five times are missing, so home hopes will rest on Joey Chan, who played so well in reaching the quarter-finals of the HK Open.

She'll probably need to get past HK regular Donna Urquhart, the top-seeded Australian, to reach the final, where if all goes to seeding England's Sarah Kippax or India's Dipika Pallikal will be waiting.

In the men's event HK's own Max Lee, the defending champion, is top seed and expected to meet compatriot Dick Lau, the fourth-seeded 2009 champion, for a place in the final.

In the bottom half of the draw Australian Matthew Karwalski is seeded to meet Muhd Asyraf Azan of Malaysia in the semi-final.

Crocodile Cup History

Year Women's Champion Men's Champion
2011 Dipika Pallikal Max Lee
2010 Annie Au Max Lee
2009 Annie Au Dick Lau
2008 Kasey Brown Abdullah Almezayen
2007 Rebecca Chiu Mike Corren
2006 Rebecca Chiu Shamsul Islam Khan
2005 Rebecca Chiu Dylan Bennett


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